One of the most important part of any holiday in a foreign country got to be a culinary experience. Discovering another cuisine is always a joy for the taste buds and you know what they say ‘’to make the most of the authenticity, go for street food.’’ Stay with us and let’s explore some mouth-watering flavours together.
Pad Thai – Stir-Fried Thai noodles
Known as Thailand’s national dish, Pad Thai has become very popular all over the world. Offering the perfect balance of sweet and spice, the rice made noodles gives you the right boost of energy. Often made with shrimp or chicken, Pad Thai is a stir fried noodle which combines the flavour of chilli, palm sugar, tamarind, and lime juice with egg noodles and some fried chopped peanuts on top for an extra crunch.
Tom Yum Goong (Tom Yum soup)
If you are looking for something lighter but just as delicious and filling, you should definitely check out the Tom Yum soup. This is a Thai favourite and it is also perfect fusion of the country’s five main flavours. One of these bowls full of shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves will surely delight your taste buds. There are two versions available: one with coconut milk or a creamy, thick and spicy broth and the other without coconut milk for a tangier and low-calorie version.
Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad)
Looking for a little snack? If yes, Som Tam is perfect. It is a green papaya salad infused with different flavours such as garlic, chilies, lime juice, carrots, tomatoes, peanuts, string beans, and fish sauce. It is sour, spicy, sweet, salty all at the same time.
Khao Neeo Mamuang (Mango Sticky Rice)
No meal is complete is without dessert and this might be the freshest, cheapest, and easiest one to find during the mango season in Thailand (late March through July). It does not disappoint in terms of flavours. It is made out of ripe mango served with a sticky rice that has absorbed coconut cream to offer a smooth texture. Sometimes, condensed milk is used as a little extra.
Banana Roti (Banana Pancake)
For a sweet snack, check out the Banana Rotis. These are crispy fried pancakes with banana slices inside and topped with a condensed milk dressing. The dough is stretched extremely thin and cooked on a hotplate, then folded around the filling and chopped in small squares. The heat will soften the banana pieces and enhance its taste which is further elevated by the condensed milk to make the perfect crispy, crunchy sweet treat.
Kafae Yen and Cha Yen
Traditional Kafae Yen and Cha Yen (Iced Thai Coffee and Tea) is something you should definitely not miss out during your stay in the Land of Smiles. These are ice-cold coffees or teas with distinct spices and flavours are such a delight. Sometimes, cream and condensed milk are added to the drinks which make them perfect to wash down a spicy meal or to refresh yourself on a hot summer day.